Game Day: LSU vs. UNO, Game 2

LSU heads to Zephyr Field, seen above, Saturday. (Scott Threlkeld | The Advocate)

LSU heads to Zephyr Field, seen above, Saturday. (Scott Threlkeld | The Advocate)

Game Day will be posted a few hours before each game during this baseball season. Lineups will be added to the bottom of the blog when they’re released.

General Info

What’s At Stake

  • Expected series sweep: LSU can close out and sweep the two-game series with a fledgling UNO program. The Privateers, who went 7-44 in 2013, kept it closer than many expected Friday night at Alex Box. Will Saturday be different? LSU needs to do what is expected of it – sweep both games.

What To Watch

  • LSU hitters: The Tigers had just seven hits and scored two runs on Friday, a result, coach Paul Mainieri said, of some opening night jitters. Day 2 will be different and, maybe, a bit less nerve-wracking for the guys. LSU batted .225 Friday and its middle of the lineup (4-6) went 2 for 16. Watch leadoff man Sean McMullen, 4 hole hitter Jared Foster and 5 hole batter Chris Chinea. The trio went 0 for 11 Friday.
  • Bouman on the mound: Kyle Bouman gets the first major college start of his career. He was a reliever at Wichita State before being dismissed from the team and then spent a season at a Missouri junior college. Coaches say Bouman isn’t the strikeout pitcher like Nola and that he is inconsistent. They expect him to have some nerves, but how much? This is a big stage for the guy and could go a long way in determining if he remains in the weekend rotation.
  • New guys still solid: New guys Conner Hale, Tyler Moore and Chris Chinea all played great in the field. Hale made two good fielding plays that weren’t easy, Chinea caught a man stealing with a bullet and and Moore held down first in solid fashion. Will they do the same today under the sun in Zephyr?

Know Your Opponent

  • Surprising: For a team that won 27 games over the previous three seasons, UNO played well Friday. Starting pitcher Ray Winter allowed just seven hits and those two runs. His defense made two errors behind him. Things might be different with Alex Smith on the mound. He had a 4.50 ERA last season.

Lineups

LSU

  • Sean McMullen, DH
  • Mark Laird, LF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Jared Foster, RF
  • Kade Scivicque, 1B
  • Christian Ibarra, 3B
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Tyler Moore, C
  • Conner Hale, 2B

UNO

  • Dane Landry, RF
  • Trevor MCarthy, 2B
  • Cameron Hoffman, 1B
  • Reese Kanter, DH
  • Samuel Capielano, SS
  • Zachary Reboulet, 3B
  • Shayne LeRouge, C
  • Chaz Boyer, CF
  • Mitchell Alexander, LF